Micaela Haslam, soprano
Heather Cairncross, alto
Robert Kearley, tenor
Michael Dore, baritone

Closely associated with many leading contemporary composers, Synergy has performed in prestigious venues and festivals all over the world – in the UK (including the BBC Proms), Europe, the USA, Australia, and the Far East. The group’s long-standing relationship with Steve Reich is well known, and Synergy Vocals is also the favoured vocal ensemble of many other composers including Louis Andriessen, Christian Henson, Steven Mackey and the composers of Bang on a Can.

Collaborating regularly with Ensemble Modern, Steve Reich & Musicians, Ictus and London Sinfonietta, Synergy has also sung with Asko Schönberg, BBC National Orchestra of Wales, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Boston Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia, Brooklyn Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruckner Orchester, Chicago Symphony Orchestra, The Colin Currie Group, Ensemble Bash, L’Ensemble de Basse-Normandie, Ensemble InterContemporain, Kroumata, London Symphony Orchestra, LA Philharmonic Orchestra, Lontano, musikFabrik, Netherlands Radio Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Nexus, Orchestre National de Lille, Orchestre National de Lyon, Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte-Carlo, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège, Orchestra of St Luke’s, Orquesta de Valencia, Percussion Claviers de Lyon, Remix Ensemble, RTÉ Concert Orchestra, Het Residentie Orkest, St Louis Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia 21, Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra, Smith Quartet, Tempo Reale Ensemble, Tiroler Symphonieorchester and the Ulster Orchestra. They have also performed in collaboration with the Royal Ballet (UK), Mark Baldwin (UK) and Rosas (Belgium) dance companies.

The group’s recordings include Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians with Ensemble Modern; Tehillim with LA Philharmonic/Stefan Asbury; Drumming with Ictus; Three Tales with Steve Reich & Musicians/Bradley Lubman; Steven Mackey’s Dreamhouse with BMOP/Gil Rose; Louis Andriessen’s De Staat with LA Philharmonic/Stefan Asbury; and Karl Jenkins’ Imagined Oceans.

Their voices can also be heard on an increasing number of films, soundtracks and TV advertisements, as well as pop backing tracks for a variety of bands including Funeral for a Friend, Example, Hikaru Utada, Kompendium and Henry Priestman.


Sanders Theatre | May 19, 2007

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[CD Review] Gramophone reviews Steven Mackey: Dreamhouse
Musical works are often analysed and described in architectural terms, but how many are actually about architecture? Steven Mackey’s Dreamhouse takes up the subject with explosive and ethereal imagination. Scored for vocal quartet, electric guitar quartet and orchestra, the piece is a rumination on the design and construction of the eponymous house, complete with Architect as speaking and singing narrator. Mackey’s mastery of musical styles, from oldest to the most recent, allowed him to fill his three-part extravaganza with a cavalcade of disarming and jolting sonic ideas.
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[CD Review] Audiophile Audition reviews Steven Mackey: Dreamhouse

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[Concert Review] Maestro, is that a DJ with your orchestra?

Anyone who caught the Ben Folds performance with the Boston Pops last week and was struck by the thinness of the meeting of musical worlds should have been there on Saturday night at Sanders Theatre to hear the Boston Modern Orchestra Project tee off on three bracingly imaginative works infused with rock ‘n’ roll and other popular styles.

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[News Coverage] Modern Orchesta blooms with Rose

Gil Rose and his Boston Modern Orchestra Project are nothing if not adventurous, playing all sorts of new music and bringing classical music to pubs and bars.

Tonight they take that spirit even further by performing Anthony De Ritis’ Devolution: A Concerto for DJ and Orchestra featuring DJ Spooky the Subliminal Kid; Steven Mackey’s Dreamhouse featuring electric guitars and vocalists; and the world premiere of Evan Ziporyn’s Hard Drive. The program, at Sanders Theatre, is part of the Celebrity Series Boston Marquee performances.

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[News Coverage] Roll over, Beethoven

In the basement of the Masonic Hall in Porter Square, conductor Gil Rose is giving members of the Boston Modern Orchestra Project fair warning. “This is going to get pretty loud,” he says.

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[Press Release] BMOP premieres rock-and-roll inspired works by Evan Ziporyn, Steven Mackey, and Anthony DeRitis

Presented by the Bank of America Celebrity Series, and its President and Executive Director, Martha H. Jones, the Boston Modern Orchestra Project (BMOP) celebrates the final concert of its 10th anniversary season with a Boston Marquee performance May 19th @ 8:00pm, at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre (45 Quincy Street, Cambridge). As the nation's only orchestra dedicated exclusively to performing, commissioning, and recording new music of the 21st century, BMOP turns its focus to American composers inspired by rock and roll.

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